The American tennis player gets his first major victory in his career in Houston. Tiafoe manages to maintain a good rhythm throughout the match, beating Steve Johnson in two sets (6-2, 6-4) after 1h15min of good tennis.
Frances Tiafoe faced the first match corresponding to the new ATP tournament in the city of Houston this April 2023. He did it on his debut in the men’s finalwhere he would have to face an American tennis player in the second round Steve Johnson. The best player in the ranking entered this match after losing to the Italian racket in the third round of the Miami Open. Lorenzo Sonego. The American tennis player also entered this match after defeating the Argentine tennis player Facundo Bagnis in his debut. Indoors against the head there are even two precedents between two tennis playersand these occurred between 2018 and 2021. Both times Steve Johnson won.
Frances Tiafoe manages to solve the first sleeve
The match started strongly for Steve Johnson. The American player won the first game of the match. At the moment, Frances Tiafoe answered, who managed to win the first three games of her locker at the break. Johnson would try to close the distance, but it would be useless. After that, they came to three consecutive Tiafoe games, who scored three more paintouts to make it 6-2. The ATP No. 15 played an impeccable match with his shots and mobility, which was much better than his competition. The proof of this is that he knew how to take advantage of the only set point he had.
The best racket of the match manages to win the match
At the start of the second period, Steve Johnson would once again be the one to start commanding the initial score. Immediately Frances Tiafoe replied: a series of successes at the service of every player. After that, it would be three consecutive games for Tiafoe, who made another break point. Again, it would be successful for both parties. Frances increased the intensity, sharpening her thrusts more and more forcefully. In the end and after taking advantage of her only match point, Frances Tiafoe took the match to her own territory. This confirmed his entry to the next round from the tournament in the USA.